Your New Free Thanksgiving Holiday Stationery is Ready for Download…

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Site Information Friday Oct 23,2015

Oct 22, 2015 Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Kathy just added 3 New Thanksgiving Day Holiday or Autumn Themed Stationery Templates in Both 8.5×11 and A4 sizes for you.

No signups needed, just go to www.Free-Stationery.com and download all you want. As always, our new free stationery downloads are approved for you business newsletters and flyers as well. We just hope you’ll let people know where to get their own stationery papers.

Look for more coming soon,

Wes

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You Can Do That With Stationery? Wear Your Stationery Proudly

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Training Wednesday Jun 13,2012

Wear Your Stationery Proudly

by: Gretchen Richards

When most people think of stationery, they assume that it can be used for nothing more than writing letters home on. What most people don’t realize is that stationery can be used in a myriad of creative ways. At Indigo Twine (http://indigotwine.com) we specialize in finding creative ways to use everyday items and turn them into the unexpected.

What makes stationery into something to write on depends on what it is printed on. When you use a thicker card stock paper, the stationery becomes a creative invitation or colorful announcement. But what about when you want to wear the stationery?

In crafting sections of well stocked department stores around the world, a product called Ink Jet Transfer Paper is showing up. Usually sold in packs of only a few sheets at a time, it can be somewhat expensive, but if you have an idea, an ink jet printer, and an iron, you’ve got a customized fabric to show off proudly.

What most people don’t know about the iron on transfer paper for your ink jet printer is that exactly what is on the page is what transfers onto your shirts… blank spots and all. This is sold for light shirts, where the paper color is white. It is also sold for dark shirts, where the paper color is black. Other colors aren’t offered. This means that if you want to transfer your image onto a green shirt, for example, and choose the light paper for the purpose, that you will end up with chunks of white transferred onto the shirt as well as your image.

This is where the stationery comes in handy. With so many topics and colors to choose from, you can select an image with a shaded background. Save the PDF file to your computer, somewhere that you can find it easily. Open it, and on regular paper, print it out. You want to get an idea for where the borders and the designs are by looking at it. As soon as the printer finishes, grab a pencil and place a mark on the side of the paper that is further away from the printer. This will be the side that you want the printer to grab first later.

Once you have a regular paper copy of the stationery printed out, open your word processor. In a second area of your screen, open your picture library. Select those pictures that you would like to be part of your iron on transfer. Grab the picture with your mouse, and pull it over to your word processor. Let go of the photograph.

The picture will pop up in your word processor, ready to use. There will be little boxes around the outside of the picture. Grab these and drag them in or out to make the picture bigger or smaller, as you like. You can place the picture to the left or right using your word processor’s text alignment buttons. Move the picture down on the page by striking the enter button with your cursor in front of the picture.

Arrange your photographs into a way that you enjoy. You can even add text between the photographs by typing on the word processor. When you think you have it so that the pictures will line up as you want them on the stationery, return to your printer. Place the paper face up with the identifying mark you made on it closest to the printer. Put this paper on the top of the paper feed. Return to your computer and hit print again.

If you have done everything correctly, the printer should print your pictures and text directly on top of the stationery design. When the printing has finished, examine your final product. If you aren’t happy with it, tweak the photograph positions or the sizing on your word processor. Repeat the process on plain paper until you are happy with the results.

Once you are happy with how it looks on plain paper, put your iron-on transfer paper onto the top of your printer tray. Print your stationery first, then put the transfer paper back on the printer tray like you did when you were practicing and arranging everything earlier. Make sure your stationery is facing the right way. Hit print on your word processor.

When it is done printing, trim the edges down with scissors, then follow the instructions on the packaging to transfer it onto the cloth of your choice. This is perfect for making custom t-shirts, canvas bags, or even place mats for the table that will be unique to you. Using the stationery will give your designs a classic frame, and do away with the white background problem that you would otherwise have.

P.S. Can you imagine a letter to mom for Mother’s Day or one to Dad on Father’s Day put on a shirt they can proudly wear? Is that a family treasure or what?

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Five Scrapbook Journaling Tips to the Rescue

Author: Wes | Filed under: Training Monday May 16,2011

Author: Wes Waddell

 

 Five Scrapbook Journaling Tips to the Rescue

 

In the world of scrapbooks, journaling is the one step that gets talked about the least, but really can have the biggest impact on not only the looks and feel of your scrapbook page, but on how well it really captures the memories of that moment.  You’ve heard it a million times… “a picture is worth a 1000 words.” Yes that’s true! But, what 1000 words it says totally depends on the context in which the image is perceived.

My best example comes from my granddaughter when she was about 5 years old. She was taking pictures with our camera and several of the images were partially obscured by her finger.  No, it didn’t ruin the shot because my journaling told the story of a five year old taking her fist pictures of her new baby sister.  It totally changed what 1000 words the half blurred images of a new baby were telling us. It captured the treasured memory like no clear photo could have.

Context is everything! On your scrapbook page, your titles and journaling are the props that set the mood, get everyone on the same page and place the viewer/reader in just the right spot to hear the story that the images on the scrap page are telling us.

Journaling is a very important step and here are five tips that just may rescue you when you are at a loss of where to start.

Journaling Tip #1:  If in doubt about what story to tell, ask your kids, family members or any1 else that was there when the photos were taken.  Ask questions about their memories, feelings, smells, tastes, etc. Get them to answer in their own writing if you can so the journaling itself becomes a part of the memory keepsake. 

Even if you are digitally scrapbooking, you can scan or take a digital photo of the journaling note to insert into the scrapbook page. 

Journaling Tip #2:  When you journal about a special picture you took of someone close to you, don’t forget to write what your heart felt like at that moment.  Don’t be afraid to capture not only your smiles, but your happy tears and feelings of real wonder.  Everyone is a miracle in time and space… don’t hesitate to capture those feelings.

Journaling Tip #3:  The stories you find yourself telling your kids and family over & over…  those are the ones to preserve in your scrapbook pages.  Try putting the story down on paper or on the computer first, then fill it in with your images and embellishments. Again, journaling can sometimes be the most important part of your scrapbooks. Sometimes it’s the images that come last and only then to enhance the words of the story.

Journaling Tip #4:  Continuing with our last tip, sometimes you need to start your scrapbooking page with your journaling first, then adjusting the size of your photos to fit the pages story, not the other way around.

Journaling Tip #5:  Taking advantage of Social Media in your scrapbooks.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep a notebook or actual memory journal handy, especially when you travel.  On the other hand, smart phones and social media have interwoven themselves into our daily lives and we Tweet and send short messages to Facebook or Foursquare all the time while we travel.  You can take advantage of that and use your Facebook and/or Twitter updates you posted during your vacations to tell the travel scrapbook story when you return.

If you also posted some of your photos, you can even use the comments from others as journaling notes in the finished book.

Since tip #3 and #4 were kind of on the same track, here’s one more to round things off.

Journaling Tip #6:  Most people are used to gathering info on the 5 “W’s” (Who, What, When, Where, Why), the problem is that you are not telling a tax story to the IRS, you are capturing your life’s most treasured memories.  For your scrapbooks, try to remember your feelings, the scent in the air, how you felt emotionally and yes, even the temperature it was.  The photos will tell the obvious, it’s your job to journal the UNobvious!  That’s where the real memories are kept.

Just remember, journaling is the way we set the mood, bring our viewers into the scene and put them in just the right place at just the right time to feel the original memory you have captured on the scrapbook page.  Don’t let your scrapbook pages tell a story without the feelings and emotions of the captured moment being a large part of it.

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